In this post: If you love French chairs, you’ll love the shopping guide for affordable French country accent chairs, including bergeres and other French style armchairs.⇒
There’s nothing that says French Country quite like a Louis XVI armchair.
I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with French chairs, but I fell hard and have been smitten ever since. I think most love affairs with French decor began with French chairs.
These beauties run the gamut from unabashedly ornate to a much more updated, and comparatively understated version. They can be dark wood, distressed paint in white or light tones, or sophisticatedly gilded.
There are bergeres and fauteuils, throne chairs and more. They can be baroque or neoclassical, influenced by the various Louis kings. Some have curved legs, others are fluted; some have cane backs others are upholstered; some have tufting and others are smooth.
They can be carved with flourishes, as the vintage more authentic pieces are.
Yet in recent years reproductions have become quite popular. While influenced by the originals, they are much cleaner and more attuned to a modern way of life.
They are plush and more comfortable than the diminutive versions of the past.
These beautiful accent chairs can cost a fortune, but boy do they make a statement in a room! While I love antiques, sometimes you can make the same impact with reproductions, especially if you mix them with genuine vintage accessories in your room.
Fortunately, there are some great budget choices available that are influenced by this style, so today let’s look at affordable French chairs that can add lovely French flair to your home.
Now, since everything is relative, I recognize that one person’s budget chair is another person’s wish list chair.
For our purposes here, I’m defining an affordable accent chair as definitely under $1000, with most under $500 (and several closer to $300). There’s one chair that’s a bit more but it’s included because it’s the only one I could find that’s similar to a chair I own and am asked about all the time.
Given that many similar upholstered chairs, including reproductions, can easily cost up to $2000, that still seems like a bargain to me!
French Country Chairs Source List
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list. Please note that stores are constantly changing their stock, so I try to update this post frequently. If you find several items are no longer available, feel free to alert me as I can usually track them down elsewhere.
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